Dixons Carphone offers jobs to Maplin employees after collapse


Dixons Carphone appears to have stepped in to offer employees of rival retailer Maplin, which filed for administration on Wednesday, the possibility of a new job.

“We are really sorry to hear that Maplin has fallen into administration. Maplin has long been famous for its expert and friendly team, and this is a very difficult time for all Maplin colleagues,” Dixons Carphone chief executive Seb James said, according to the BBC.

“We are always on the lookout for experienced staff who love serving customers and bring expertise in technology, and I hope that we can offer some Maplin employees exciting new opportunities within the Dixons Carphone family,” he added.

The electronics retailer announced that it had appointed PwC as administrator on Wednesday, putting almost 2,500 jobs at risk, as it succumbed to a cocktail of headwinds stemming from a jump in inflation and other costs, battered consumer confidence and the rise of internet shopping.

PwC said that its initial focus was to find a buyer for either all or part of the company, which is based in London and Rotherham. For the time being, stores will remain open and operating as usual.

The administrator also said that staff had been paid their February wages and would continue to be paid for future work while the company is in administration.